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Poster: CHistorian Date: Dec 5, 2011 2:51pm
Forum: iraq_war Subject: A few questions about the archive...

Hey all.

Just scanning this forum I realise this post will probably catch a lot of hate. It seems most of the posts are from angry nationalistic Americans who, for whatever reason, feel the need to take part in the current propaganda war and thus remove any and all videos originating from the native armed groups in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nevertheless I'm prepared to don my trusty flame shield and ask a few questions hoping people will at least try to contain their emotions:

1. Is the Iraq War collection an attempt to archive all the videos created by the armed groups in Iraq? If not, is anybody aware of any institutions engaged in this? I think such an archive would be an immense resource years from now, when the war is over and historians will probably try to cover this period of Iraq's history in a more objective light. They provide many details about the the different groups, their actions and motivations. I imagine the US military probably keeps such an archive, though not for historical reasons...

2. If the answer to 1. is in the affirmative; what are the limits when uploading videos in regard to content? Just skimming the forum I found posts stating that duplicate videos and videos with bad descriptions are removed. But what about content? Does everything go (speeches, training, IEDs, ambushes, sniper attacks, executions, mass executions, beheadings, mutilated bodies) or...? Also, how does IA know if the video is a duplicate with such a large amount of videos?

Sorry for the lengthy post, answers would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

This post was modified by CHistorian on 2011-12-05 22:51:11